FIRE SAFETY – Key Points of new safety overhaul
The new Building Safety Bill will set out a clear pathway for the future on how residential buildings should be constructed and maintained. The reforms will comprise the biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will set up the Building Safety Regulator to oversee the new regime and will be responsible for ensuring that any building safety risks in new and existing high rise residential buildings of 18m and above are effectively managed and resolved, taking cost into account.
This will include implementing specific gateway points at design, construction and completion phases to ensure that safety is considered at each and every stage of a building’s construction, and safety risks are considered at the earliest stage of the planning process.
New measures in the Building Safety Bill introduced will:
- Ensure there are clearly identified people responsible for safety during the design, build and occupation of a high-rise residential building.
- Establish a Building Safety Regulator to hold to account those who break the rules and are not properly managing building safety risks, including taking enforcement action where needed.
- Give residents in these buildings more routes to raise concerns about safety, and mechanisms to ensure their concerns will be heard and taken seriously.
- Extend rights to compensation for substandard workmanship and unacceptable defects.
- Under the proposals, the government is more than doubling the amount of time, from 6 to 15 years, that residents can seek compensation for substandard construction work.
- The changes will apply retrospectively. This means that residents of a building completed in 2010 would be able to bring proceedings against the developer until 2025.
- These reforms also include new measures which apply to those seeking compensation for shoddy refurbishments which make the home unliveable.
The Bill was debated at second reading on Wednesday 21 July 2021 and has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House by Tuesday 26 October 2021.
There is a detailed explanation of the Bill in the Government’s Impact Assessment – click hereBack to articles